A 1200-meter high mountain, Mount Kassioun overlooks
with a powerful stance.
At the foot of the Mount, where the most ancient human
settlements took place, are the quarters of Muhajirine, Salhiyeh,
and Akrad. Houses in this area are interesting and beautiful. Many
of them have small flowered balconies, and façades of carved and
Driving along the ridge is popular and there are a lot of cafes
and food stands where you can sit out at the edge to have a drink,
while nibbling at salted nuts and watermelon seeds. The view from
there is marvelous, the air is fresh at this altitude and the sunset
is a must-see. At night, especially in the summer, Damascus
lights shine like small stars. There has been a great effort to
plant trees on Kassioun, and there is a forest being developed at
This is where Cain slew Abel and also where the Prophet Muhammad
took his first look of the beautiful city of Damascus
before turning away from "earthly paradise".